Why 2020 Suzuki S-Presso is more of a lifted Celerio at a lower price

Updated Apr 08, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Find out how similar the Suzuki S-Presso is to the Celerio.

In March 2020, Suzuki Philippines launched the Suzuki S-Presso. It replaced the venerable Alto, taking its former position as the most affordable vehicle in Suzuki’s model lineup.

And yes, it now also holds the mantle of the most affordable Japanese-branded vehicle currently available in the Philippine market.

2020 Suzuki S-Presso Philippines: Specs, Features, and Pricing Overview

As we got to know more about this exciting new city car, however, we noticed that the S-Presso is much closer to the Suzuki Celerio than it is to the model the Alto.

Sure, the S-Presso rides high on its 180mm ground clearance, and it looks more macho with its SUV-like exterior design, but there are some key elements that the Celerio and the S-Presso shares. 

Despite the differences, the S-Presso and the Celerio has some similarities

The S-Presso’s engine

The Celerio and the S-Presso are propelled by the same engine; the Suzuki K10B. On both models, the said engine can make a maximum of 67 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, and 90 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. Both are also front-wheel drive.

Note that the Celerio does have an automatic variant. The all-new lifted hatchback doesn’t, but we believe Suzuki should add an AT S-Presso to its lineup.

A picture of the K10B engine

The K10B has double overhead cams and variable valve timing

Interior and luggage space

Being priced as they are, the Celerio and the S-Presso have rather simple looking interiors made out of durable plastic.

They both are well arranged, but the S-Presso’s digital gauge cluster lacks a tachometer. The Celerio’s analog gauge display, on the other hand, does have one.

In terms of cargo space, the Celerio offers a bit more space at 254 liters compared to the S-Presso’s 239 liters. That’s a difference of only 15 liters, though.

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A picture of the interior of the Celerio and the S-Presso

Both are S-Presso and Celerio have simple interiors, but each of them do have their own kind of charm

Safety features

Both the S-Presso and the Celerio were designed to use the Suzuki HEARTECT platform. It’s quite lightweight, yet rigid at the same time.

This feature enables these two Suzuki models to perform excellently in the event of a crash. The S-Presso and the Celerio also both have anti-lock braking syste m and dual front airbags.

Now despite these two’s similarities, the S-Presso is priced at Php 518,000. That’s Php 40,000 less than the Celerio MT’s Php 558,000 price tag.

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This brings us to your next dilemma: do you think the S-Presso is as brilliant a city car as the Celerio? Given their competing price tags, which of the two would you consider as your next car?

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Know more about Suzuki S-Presso 2022

Suzuki S-Presso

The Suzuki S-Presso is a five-seater city car. In the Philippines, it has three available trims. These are the S-Presso GL 1.0 MT w/ Alloy Wheels and the S-Presso GL 1.0 Special Edition MT. Their price ranges from Php 563,000 to Php 588,000. 

Size-wise, the S-Presso has a length of 3,565mm, a width of 1,529mm, and a height of 1,565mm. It also has a ground clearance of 180mm.  

Locally, the S-Presso competes against the likes of the Toyota Wigo, Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback, Honda Brio, among others. 

₱ 523,000 - ₱ 588,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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